University invests in work-from-home security

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Information Technology Services upgraded the University’s firewall this morning, adding new features and capabilities, including better administration and management of VPN connections.

“This upgrade is an investment in the University’s work-from-home infrastructure,” says Kevin Macnaughton, team lead security, IT Services. “It improves security for those of us working remotely.”

The firewall upgrade occurred today between 6 and 8 a.m. Blackboard was the only major service deliberately brought down as a safeguard, while brief, one-to-two-minute interruptions affected Computer Science servers and VPN services.

If, however, you are experiencing problems after 8 a.m. today, please contact the IT Service Desk at 519-253-3000, ext. 4440.

IT Services also reminds campus community members to check for system statuses and service notifications.